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Pallace Takes BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week

March 21, 2017

NEW YORK (DU/BIG EAST) - For the fourth time this season the [13/13] University of Denver women's lacrosse program showcased a durable defense that resulted in a BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award as senior Sybil Pallace was recognized for her career performance against [-/RV] Temple over the weekend.

Pallace joins fellow seniors Layne Voorhees and Maddy Stevenson to be given the weekly award on the defensive half as Stevenson took home the first Defensive Player of the Week award that was given after her career-best 16-save performance in an upset against then-No. 12/12 Stanford on Feb. 12.

Voorhees has been named Defensive POTW twice by the conference, first on Feb. 21 for leading the defense in a triple-overtime win over then-No. 18/RV Louisville, and followed up with the award last week for helping keep Vermont scoreless through the first 37 minutes of the game.

Sophomores Kendra Lanuza and Elizabeth Behrins have also been recognized by the BIG EAST this season as both took home Midfielder of the Week awards earlier in the year. Lanuza was given the nod the same week as Stevenson for averaging 3.0 goals, 1.7 assists and 4.7 points while leading Denver to a 3-0 start, while Behrins took the honor on Feb. 21 after connecting for the game-winner against Louisville while totaling three goals and two assists.

BIG EAST Attacker Of The Week

Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, So., A

Against No. 5/6 Syracuse, Ronbeck set a career high with six goals on seven shot attempts. She also tied her career highs with seven points and six ground balls against the Orange as No. 3/3 Florida scored a 19-12 victory. In Saturday’s BIG EAST opener at Connecticut, Ronbeck had another seven-point outing with five goals and two assists. In two games, she compiled 11 goals (13 shots), three assists, seven ground balls, two draw controls, and one caused turnover to help stretch the Gators’ win streak to seven games.


 

 

BIG EAST Midfielder Of The Week

Sydney Pirreca, Florida, So., M

Pirreca tallied four goals, four assists, five ground balls, six draw controls, and one caused turnover in Florida’s 2-0 week, which included a win over No. 5/6 Syracuse. At UConn on Saturday, she tied her career high of six points with three goals and three assists. Pirreca also recorded a career-high four draw controls against the Huskies. Against the Orange, the sophomore had a goal, assist, four ground balls and two draw controls.

BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Week

Sybil Pallace, Denver, Sr., D

Pallace took over the stout Denver defense with a career performance behind seven caused turnovers and four ground balls, both personal bests. She recorded the most caused turnovers for DU in a game since April 5, 2013 (8 – Kate Henrich), The senior helped limit Temple to one goal in two separate 15-minute+ stretches in both halves (one goal from 30:00 to 14:55 in first half [goal @ 24:37 in first], one goal from 3:05 in first half to 4:05 in second half [goal @ 6:25 in second]). Pallace and the Denver defense boast the BIG EAST’s top goals against average with a 7.55 clip.

BIG EAST Freshman Of The Week

Emily Mathewson, Vanderbilt, Fr., A

Mathewson scored a career-best five goals on five shots and dished out three assists in Vanderbilt’s 14-12 comeback win against the Wildcats. The ‘Dores faced a five-goal deficit in the second half and Mathewson scored two straight goals during a 5-0 Vanderbilt run to tie the game at 9. Vandy would face a three-goal deficit later in the half but it was Mathewson who would step again, assisting on Julie Blaze’s goal that brought the ‘Dores within one and then had the helper on MacKenzie Lange’s go-ahead goal that would seal the win for the Commodores. Mathewson’s five goals ties for the most by a freshman in a game this season in the BIG EAST.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Amanda Bochniak, Marquette, Sr., A

After becoming the third Golden Eagle to reach 100 points in her career against Cal on Thursday, Bochniak’s encore performance included an 8-point effort with four goals and four assists to lead Marquette to a 16-10 BIG EAST opening win at Cincinnati on Sunday. In the two games, she tallied four goals, five assists on just seven shots with two draw controls and a caused turnover.

Kate Snouffer, Georgetown, Sr. A

In the Hoyas’ 18-2 win at Butler on Saturday, Snouffer led the Georgetown offense with four goals and three assists off five shots, while adding four ground balls.

Jenny Schwalje, Georgetown, Sr., D

Schwalje anchored the Georgetown defense which surrendered just two goals in its BIG EAST opener at Butler on Saturday. The Schwalje-led defense allowed just three shots on goal as the Hoyas outshot Butler 41-4 and gathered 24 ground balls to Butler’s 10.

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